Construction of Seaglass Progressing as Scheduled
Posted on 7/5/2016The Ronto Group announced that construction of its 26-floor, 120-unit Seaglass high-rise tower within Bonita Bay is progressing as scheduled. Ronto anticipates construction taking approximately 26 months with completion expected by summer, 2018. The tower is being built by the team of BCBE Construction and Stiles Construction.
Site preparation, including clearing and grading, the installation of construction fencing and an on-site office, and the driving and evaluation of test pilings, was completed in March. Since beginning vertical construction on April 4, the remainder of the building's 800 pilings have been driven. Electrical is currently being installed from the source to the building.
Piling cap and foundation element work is also underway, including tying and connecting the foundation to an amenity complex previously designed by architect Santiesteban & Associates. Amenities already in place include a theater, guest suites, card and club rooms, a fitness facility that features men's and women's spas with steam and massage rooms, a resort-style walk-in pool and spa, and a deck with a covered and screened cabana that includes a bar and grill.
Because some of the foundation elements will be as deep as 13 to 15 feet below grade, the ground water at the deep excavation sites is being removed and the sites are being dried out prior the foundation being poured. A ballpoint tube system is being used to pump the ground water out of the deep excavation sites. Retention lakes adjacent to the Seaglass construction zone have been dug and prepared to accommodate the water extracted from the excavation sites as the dewatering process continues. Dewatering is a common practice in Florida when doing any type of deep construction work.
With construction well underway, opportunities for future residents to specify preferred finishes for the new homes will become increasingly limited. The designer-selected finishes, now on display at the Seaglass Design Studio located within the Seaglass Sales Center at 26951 Country Club Drive within Bonita Bay, are suited to the open concept living spaces and amenity rich ambiance featured at Seaglass.
Ronto's Finishing Touches Program is designed to allow future residents to visit the Design Studio and select finishes for their new home's flooring, cabinetry, counter tops, door hardware, plumbing fixtures, and paint colors. To ensure each residence is finished to each owner's specific tastes, future residents may also specify finishes from other sources. Prospective homebuyers are encouraged to make their buying decisions and finish selections promptly.
The availability of tower residences and Bonita Bay's lifestyle continue to generate sales at Seaglass. To date, Ronto has processed binding and pending sales contracts worth more than $100 million. Situated nearly 250 feet from its closest neighboring building, Seaglass will feature fully-completed, ready for occupancy residences with designer-selected premium finishes, including flooring, paint, and trim. The space sequences and components found in the kitchens and master baths of the residences will reflect the contemporary flair found in the architectural style of the building. Each residence will come with two protected access under-building parking spaces. Private enclosed two-car garages will be available.
Three tower residence great room floor plans at Seaglass, ranging from 2,889 to 3,421 square feet under air, are priced starting at just over $1 million. The tower residences will include dual private elevator grand foyers, large island kitchens, three bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths, or three bedrooms plus a den or fourth bedroom and three-and-a-half baths, walk-in closets in the owner's suite, and sliders opening to multiple outdoor spaces that include a gas grill. Ten-foot ceiling heights are included per plan.
The Bonita Bay Club's three-story, 60,000-square-foot Lifestyle Center that includes a nearly 20,000-square-foot fitness center and fitness café and a 9,000-square-foot spa and salon has set a new standard for country club communities in Southwest Florida. The Lifestyle Center contributed to Bonita Bay being recognized as one of the 10 healthiest clubs in America by Prevo Health Solutions.
The Bonita Bay Club announced plans for enhancements to its 18-court tennis facility and the construction of a resort-style pool complex. A recent rearrangement and slight expansion of the 18-court tennis complex included the addition of a large exhibition court and two oversized courts. This summer, the 10,000-square-foot building that formerly housed the community's fitness center and spa will be transformed into a tennis clubhouse with casual dining and an indoor/outdoor bar. The space will include a tennis pro shop, locker rooms, a stretching room, multifunction rooms, and a relaxing lobby area. Nano doors will open the entire space to the outdoors and the new exhibition court. Café style seating will be available outside.
Seaglass residents will enjoy Bonita Bay's network of on-property biking and hiking paths. A kayaking and canoeing lodge offers additional recreational possibilities. For those who prefer the beach, bus transportation is provided to a private beach park for Bonita Bay residents only that includes picnic pavilions, grills, beach chairs, and umbrellas on Little Hickory Island. Bonita Bay also features an on-site marina offering a relaxing dining and lounge experience. The full-service Bonita Bay Marina is on the Imperial River at the south end of Estero Bay and provides direct access to the Gulf of Mexico. Wet slips and dry boat storage are available, as well as on-site fueling and light mechanical services.
Three Arthur Hills designed courses wind their way through the 2,400-acre Bonita Bay community and gracefully complement the surrounding natural setting. Two additional courses designed by golf course architect Tom Fazio are at the nearby Bonita Bay Club Naples. Both Fazio courses offer a pure golf experience and are set against a natural tableau with no residential development.
A clubhouse renovation included converting the golf shop into a 4,700-square-foot open-air bar and grill. The location provides views to the west, the golf courses, and Bonita Bay's natural environment. The new 55th Hole lounge has glass walls that slide away and an outdoor area with wraparound terraces where a 14-foot log fire pit serves as a focal point. The lounge has a 127-inch media wall with 18 LED panels. Eight 60-inch television screens are incorporated into a square, ceiling-mounted wooden structure suspended over the center bar. A new 30,000-square-foot Golf Super Center is linked to the clubhouse by a golf cart staging area, wooden arbors, and landscaping. Rocking chairs on the new building's terrace overlook the driving range.
Visit Seaglass online at www.seaglassatbonitabay.com.